Norwegian software company, Opera, now has a Opera Mini 5 version ready for the iPhone. It has already been submitted to Apple for approval in the App Store, but I wouldn’t hold my breath to see it being approved anytime soon. I seem to remember having read that Apple doesn’t want applications that duplicates functions of the built-in iPhone apps, and Opera Mini would probably be such an application (compared to Safari), plus, Opera Mini could potentially open up for some kind of Flash support within the iPhone.
If that’s true, then surely it must be stated in the developer agreement and so I wonder why Opera even bother creating a browser for the iPhone. Perhaps there are so many jailbroken iPhones in the world, that if Opera cannot be approved for the App Store, they’ll just go to jailbroken phones instead?
Other than that, Opera Mini 5 looks really cool on the iPhone and is up to six times faster than Safari too, because websites go through Opera’s servers first, for compressing up to 90%, before they are sent to your mobile device.
If you don’t have an iPhone, I suggest you check out Opera Mini for whatever phone you have, chances are that it will increase your mobile browsing experience while decreasing your traffic bill and the time you wait for pages to download.
Here’s a video of Opera Mini 5 on the iPhone: